Last month, the Oklahoma Board of Education adopted rules that will implement a law requiring an A-F grading system for Oklahoma schools. Now Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City, has filed a House Joint Resolution disapproving those rules.




“The administrative rules are contrary to the purpose of the law, and that is why I have filed a House Joint Resolution to disapprove those rules,” said Rep. Shelton.


Last month, the Oklahoma Board of Education adopted rules that will implement a law requiring an A-F grading system for Oklahoma schools. Now Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City, has filed a House Joint Resolution disapproving those rules.


“The administrative rules are contrary to the purpose of the law, and that is why I have filed a House Joint Resolution to disapprove those rules,” said Rep. Shelton.

Under the new grading system, schools would be evaluated based on performance in various factors: 33 percent student assessment test scores, 17 percent annual student improvement gains on tests, 17 percent  annual gains for students in the lower 25 percent, 33 percent whole school improvement. The “whole school improvement” factor includes graduation rates, ACT test scores, attendance rates, and other criteria.


A year ago legislators passed HB1456, which Shelton said was meant to give parents a more easily understandable ratings system for schools than the API system, which rates schools on a 0-1500 scale. The legislator said the new rules, “flout the purpose of the law to make the grading system more comprehensible because a complex system of subgroups is used to determine a school’s grade. That system makes it almost impossible to understand how the grade came about.

“The system also favors performance in the form of a number, rather than school improvement. We need to take into account how schools improve their performance, rather than simply looking at the bottom line.”


Members of the Board of Education have also expressed concern that schools, under the plan, do not have the right to directly appeal a grade to the Board.


The House Joint Resolution is expected to be heard in the House Administrative Rules and Government Oversight Committee at 9 a.m. Wednesday.